Creativity, conceptual image. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 8 Dec 2015.
~Patrick J. Kiger, "10 New Year's Resolutions You Might Actually Keep"
Happy New Year! We hope your plans for 2016 include embracing creativity! "You can be creative in math, science, music, dance, cuisine, teaching, running a family, or engineering. Because creativity is a process of having original ideas that have value. A big part of being creative is looking for new ways of doing things within whatever activity you're involved in," creativity expert and author of The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, Sir Ken Robinson, reminds us. He stresses that we need creativity more than ever - because of the challenges facing the world right now; because of the unpredictability we face; and "to promote and teach—collaborating and benefiting from diversity rather than promoting homogeneity". If you are not convinced, try watching some of the TED talks from Steve Jobs, Frank Gehry, and others about the importance of creativity. Or, embrace the theory of some scientists who say international travel and living abroad can enhance creativity! We like that theory.
We have compiled a list of some books that encourage creativity and creative thinking for your perusal. Hope these stimulate you to get innovative! Remember,
A creative process may begin with a flash of a new idea or with a hunch. It may just start as noodling around with a problem, getting some fresh ideas along the way. It's a process, not a single event, and genuine creative processes involve critical thinking as well as imaginative insights and fresh ideas. But creativity isn't just about coming up with new ideas; some ideas might be completely crazy and impractical. So an essential bit of every creative process is evaluation.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
What We Ache For: Creativity and the Unfolding of Your Soul by Oriah Mountain Dreamer
Make It Mighty Ugly: Exercises & Advice For Getting Creative Even When It Ain't Pretty by Kim Piper Werker
Zigzag: The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity by Keith Sawyer
The Art of Tinkering: Meet 150+ Makers Working at the Intersection of Art, Science & Technology by Karen Wilkinson & Mike Petrich
The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination & Nurture Family Connections by Amanda Blake Soule
Caffeine for the Creative Mind: 250 Exercises to Wake Up Your Brain by Stefan Mumaw & Wendy Lee Oldfield
The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It For Life: A Practical Guide by Twyla Tharp, with Mark Reiter
Creative Block: Get Unstuck, Discover New Ideas; Advice and Projects From 50 Successful Artists by Danielle Krysa
Design the Life You Love: A Guide to Thinking About Your Life Playfully and With Optimism by Ayse Birsel
The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life Into a Work of Art by Erwin Raphael [eBook]
Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists edited by Sharon Louden